“#TBLFCareerDay2018” talk of the town in Nigeria

The Bridge Leadership Foundation’s flagship event, Career Day, was the talk throughout Nigeria on 14th July 2018. The Career Day Conference themed “Youth and Good Governance: The Future We Want” trended on social media with the hashtag “#TBLFCareerDay” and it had thousands on people tweeting about the event, using the hashtag.

The presence of notable speakers with valuable content aided the popularity of the event nationwide.

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At the 8th Career Day Conference organized by The Bridge Leadership Foundation on 14th July, 2018, the need for building quality network was emphasized. This was greatly stressed by the keynote speaker of the event, Tonye Cole, who stressed that quality network makes work easier for entrepreneurs.

The founder of The Bridge Leadership Foundation during his opening remark made known that at the time he was running for office at the age of 30, he had no connections and he stressed on his challenges during his campaign.

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Group urges young entrepreneurs to build quality network

I Joined Politics As A Novice – Imoke

The founder of The Bridge Leadership Foundation, Liyel Imoke, made known during the 8th Career Day Conference which held on 14th of July, 2018 themed “Youth and Good Governance:The Future We Want” that he joined politics as a novice. He said he joined with the intention of serving the public to the best of the ability.

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I Joined Politics As Novice – Imoke

I became a Senator at 30 without connections, godfathers- Imoke


In the last two decades, youths across the globe and particularly Africa have been regarded and talked about as the pillars upon which the advancement and development of the African continent depends upon. The problem however is that youths have been largely excluded from all policy making, decision making, and strategy development and implementation initiatives of government. The enabling environment which should maximize and promote existing youth creativity, potential, innovation and energy across education, health, science and technology, business, agriculture, manufacturing, processing, environment and political space is consistently lacking in varying degrees from one government to the other.

Nigeria’s population is estimated at 182 million with over 70% said to be below 30 years of age and across the country there is a growing concern of how the dividends of democracy inspired by Good Governance is increasingly becoming an unrealistic and unachievable future. Though considered to be a youthful country, the nation is still challenged with a slow economy, decaying education sector, poor health sector, severe unemployment, huge underemployment, incapacitated and unequipped institutions, insecurity and a shocking lack of value for life. This is disturbing as it should be and suggestive of certain probable situations which we are not satisfied with.

The 2018 TBLF Career Day themed “Youths, Good Governance and The Future We Want” would seek to provide a framework for how the youths can actively GET INVOLVED in the demand for good governance in a manner that ensures that the enabling environment for youth to thrive is created; government becomes more strategic in integrating youths into policy and decision matters of nation building and together create a system where all relevant partners can work towards creating THE FUTURE WE WANT.


  • Envisioning a New Future: Mind Shift and Human Capacity Development
  • Empowering youths in gainful enterprise: A tool for youth participation in good governance
  • Increasing youth participation in inclusive political and development processes

Date Saturday, July 14, 2018

Venue: Calabar International Convention Centre, CICC Summit Hills, Calabar

Time: 8am prompt